Tea Party leader questions Scott role in protest by other tea party groupby George Bennett | August 12th, 2010
UPDATED with quote from Tea Party in Action leader….
Republican governor candidate Rick Scott announced late Wednesday that he’ll be outside the South Florida Water Management District headquarters in West Palm Beach this morning with a group called Tea Party in Action to protest the proposed U.S. Sugar buyout.
That prompted an e-mail blast in the wee hours of this morning from South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson questioning the Tea Party in Action group and Scott’s involvement.
Wilkinson, it should be noted, is personally supporting Bill McCollum in the GOP governor primary, though he says his endorsement has nothing to do with the South Florida Tea Party.
Says Tea Party in Action leader Marianne Moran: “Everett Wilkinson spends a lot of time telling reporters who he says are ‘real’ tea party members as if he’s the sole authority. He spends the rest of his time endorsing career politician Bill McCollum. Tea Party in Action wants to kill this corporate bailout of US Sugar. We welcome Rick Scott and any political candidates willing to join this cause.”
Read Scott’s announcement and Wilkinson’s statement after the jump…..
From the Rick Scott campaign:
Rick Scott To Stand With TEA Party in Action Against the Big Sugar Bailout In West Palm Beach on Thursday, August 12
Fort Lauderdale – On Wednesday (sic), August 12th at 10:30 am, Rick Scott will stand with TEA Party activist in opposition to the Big Sugar bailout at the South Florida Water Management District in West Palm Beach
WHAT: Press Conference with the TEA Party in Action
WHEN: Thursday, August 12th, 2010 10:30 am
WHERE: South Florida Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club Road West Palm Beach, Florida 33406
From South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson:
Immediate Release: Tea Party Activists Question Rick Scott’s Actions and Demand the Release of Scott’s Lawsuit Deposition
(West Palm Beach) Rick Scott is scheduled to show up for a protest of US Sugar on Thursday with a group called “EndCharliesBailout.com.” Tea party activists have recently heard of this group formed by Marianne Moran. Marianne Moran is the former clerk of Sen. Jeff Atwater who is responsible for setting up Sen. Atwater’s website, BalanceOurBudgetNow.com.
Tea party activists have been protesting the US Sugar Land Deal for several months. However, they question the recent appearance of non-tea party groups such as the Republican Majority Pac, YAF, “The Tea Party In Action” and now Governor Candidate Rick Scott.
“This deal leaves a bad taste in both the mouths of taxpayers and environmentalists,” said Everett Wilkinson, both the Chairman of the Florida Tea Party and South Florida Tea Party. However, tea party activists are quick to point out they are not connected to groups or candidates that are using this debate for political gain.
Wilkinson went on to say, “I find it funny that Rick Scott is coming down here and protesting the US Sugar Land Deal when Mr. Scott won’t release a deposition on a fraud case he is involved in. Maybe we will be protesting him when the information [deposition] comes out.”
Tea party activists have set up a website called “SugarLandDeal.com” to provide information and action items to the public.